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In the various roles he has undertaken through the years, Val J. Halamandaris has been a singular driving force behind the policy and program initiatives resulting in the recognition of home health care as a viable alternative to institutionalization. His dedication to consumer advocacy, which enhances the quality of life and dignity of those receiving home health care, merits VNA HealthCare Group’s highest recognition and deepest respect. 

VNA HealthCare Group

I have the highest respect for them, especially for the nurses, aides and therapists, who devote their lives to caring for people with disabilities, the infirm and dying Americans.  There are few more noble professions.

President Barack Obama

Home health care agencies do such a wonderful job in this country helping people to be able to remain at home and allowing them to receive services

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Chair, Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Heath care at home…is something we need more of, not less of.  Let us make a commitment to preventive and long-term care.  Let us encourage home care as an alternative to nursing homes and give folks a little help to have their parents there.

Former President Bill Clinton

Home care is a combination of compassion and efficiency.  It is less expensive than institutional care...but at the same time it is a more caring, human, intimate experience, and therefore it has a greater human’s a big mistake not to try to maximize it and find ways to give people the home care option over either nursing homes, hospitals or other institutions

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA)

Medicaid covers long-term care, but only for low-income families.  And Medicare only pays for care that is connected to a hospital discharge....our health care system must cover these vital services...[and] we should promote home-based care, which most people prefer, instead of the institutional care that we emphasize now.

Former U.S. Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-CD)

We need incentives to...keep people in home health care settings...It’s dramatically less expensive than long term care.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)


Home care is clearly the wave of the future. It’s clearly where patients want to be cared for. I come from an ethnic family and when a member of our family is severely ill, we would never consider taking them to get institutional care. That’s true of many families for both cultural and financial reasons. If patients have a choice of where they want to be cared for, where it’s done the right way, they choose home.

Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

A couple of years ago, I spent a little bit of time with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its president, Val J. Halamandaris, and I was just blown away. What impressed me so much was that they talked about what they do as opposed to just the strategies of how to deal with Washington or Sacramento or Albany or whatever the case may be. Val is a fanatic about care, and it comes through in every way known to mankind. It comes through in the speakers he invites to their events; it comes through in all the stuff he shares.

Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

Val’s home care organization brings thousands of caregivers together into a dynamic organization that provides them with valuable resources and tools to be even better in their important work. He helps them build self-esteem, which leads to self-motivation.

Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney and author of Think Out of the Box

Val is one of the greatest advocates for seniors in America. He goes beyond the call of duty every time.

Arthur S. Flemming, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Val has brought the problems, the challenges, and the opportunities out in the open for everyone to look at. He is a visionary pointing the direction for us. 

Margaret (Peg) Cushman, Professor of Nursing and former President of the Visiting Nurses Association

Although Val has chosen to stay in the background, he deserves much of the credit for what was accomplished both at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he was closely associated with me and at the House Select Committee on Aging, where he was Congressman Claude Pepper’s senior counsel and closest advisor. He put together more hearings on the subject of aging, wrote more reports, drafted more bills, and had more influence on the direction of events than anyone before him or since.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Val’s most important contribution is pulling together all elements of home health care and being able to organize and energize the people involved in the industry.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

Kathleen Gardner Cravedi, former Staff Director of the House Select Committee on Aging

Without your untiring support and active participation, the voices of people advocating meaningful and compassionate health care reform may not have been heard by national leaders.

Michael Sullivan, Former Executive Director, Indiana Association for Home Care

All of us have been members of many organizations and NAHC is simply the best there is. NAHC aspires to excellence in every respect; its staff has been repeatedly honored as the best in Washington; the organization lives by the highest values and has demonstrated a passionate interest in the well-being of patients and providers.

Elaine Stephens, Director of Home Care of Steward Home Care/Steward Health Systems and former NAHC C

Home care increasingly is one of the basic building blocks in the developing system of long-term care.  On both economic and recuperative bases, home health care will continue to grow as an essential service for individuals, for families and for the community as a whole.

Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

NCOA is excited to be part of this great event and honored to have such influential award winners in the field of aging.

National Council of Aging

NAHC Enhances its Legislative Advocacy Tools with New Social Media Platform

New Legislative Action Center allows advocates to get updates, notifications, and take action directly from their mobile devices while expanding a campaign’s reach by communicating with elected officials and policymakers via social media
January 19, 2015 07:47 AM
Visit the new Legislative Action Center.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today launched its new Legislative Action Center with additional tools for advocates that makes participating in grassroots action simpler, and broadens NAHC’s messages by contacting policymakers and elected officials via the most popular social media sites. The Legislative Action Center will enhance NAHC’s current Legislative Action by bringing new and better ‘call to action’ tools to all of its members on federal policy issues - ensuring that home care and hospice advocates have an optimum reach to advocate for legislation and action on crucial issues.

Since 2013, President Obama, all 100 Senators and over 90 percent of House members were on Twitter. These numbers were similar for elected officials on Facebook. NAHC’s Legislative Action Center allows home care and hospice advocates to communicate with lawmakers directly on these platforms. However, the traditional calls to action via phone calls and email will still be deployed when needed.

As NAHC saw that more and more decision-makers were using social media platforms, the organization decided to invest in enhancing the scope and reach that its advocates could achieve. As a result, NAHC upgraded its advocacy tools, yet wants to ensure that its membership has all the information that it needs to fully participate in the new Legislative Action Center - and to insure that this transition is smooth for home care and hospice advocates around the country.

About NAHC’s Partnership with Phone2Action

Phone2Action is a digital grassroots platform that makes it easy for NAHC members to connect with elected officials, and to take action on issues that matter to home care and hospice providers directly from their mobile devices. Today, more than 90 percent of Americans own a cellphone. Phone2Action places social action within reach of all mobile devices. By working with Phone2Action, NAHC members, consumers, friends and associated advocacy groups will be using the tools to amplify their voices and reach elected officials utilizing traditional email, but also Twitter, Facebook, and phone calls.

By using mobile technology for advocacy, NAHC is being responsive to providers and meeting them where they are: on their mobile phones. Together, NAHC and its members will write a new chapter in the story of home care and hospice advocacy as it moves further into the digital era.

Phone2Action was introduced at NAHC’s Annual Meeting in Phoenix last year.  At the meeting, NAHC leadership completed a live call-to-action engaging its members, and encouraging them to take action from their mobile phones in support of home care and hospice services. Attendees sent hundreds of emails, tweets, and Facebook posts to officials in support of legislation that would improve the delivery of home care services. Participants also thanked Senators Wyden and Portman for their presentations at the meeting, and their ongoing advocacy for home care and hospice.   

What the Changes Mean for Home Care and Hospice Advocacy

While Legislative Action Center will allow home care and hospice advocates to broaden their reach and further their engagement on key issues, much of the background information that advocates are familiar with through the previous NAHC Legislative Action Network will remain the same, and can be found here.

NAHC will continue to provide advocates with the most up-to-date information on federally elected officials and their staff names and contact information, as well as continuing to make available all of the detailed information on pending federal legislation - including talking points, briefings, analysis, and other resources developed and compiled by NAHC’s staff of experts.

Early Successes

NAHC’s pilot program with Phone2Action occurred at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. At the meeting, NAHC staff walked attendees through the ease-of-use of participating in its new social campaigns. In the manner of minutes 549 messages were sent to lawmakers urging them to allow nurse practitioners to sign plans of care and to support, S.1332/H.R. 2504, the Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act.

To further familiarize home care and hospice advocates with the new platform, a Day of Social Action was held in mid-November that also urged advocates to contact their elected officials and asked them to support the Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act. The Day of Social Action saw advocates reach their lawmakers through Facebook and Twitter in support of this legislation.

Earlier this month, NAHC encouraged advocates to contact CMS Administrator Tavenner asking for a phase-in approach to the new Face-to-Face rules. In the span of just a few hours, close to 300 emails flooded Ms. Tavenner’s inbox.

NAHC has also asked home care and hospice advocates to contact their elected officials in support of the H.R. 30/ S. 30, the “40 Hours is Full Time Act.”

While in its early phases, NAHC has seen tremendous success in engaging elected officials and policy makers by utilizing this new social media platform.

To become familiar with NAHC’s new Legislative Action Center, please click here.   

To sign up to receive advocacy text messages directly to your mobile device, please click here.




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